Lay Vocations

The Second Vatican Council sought to bring about at all levels of the Church a profound renewal of faith which would provide all men and women, especially Catholics, with new hope and loving spirit of service in response to the needs of contemporary society. The first requirement for renewal is that each individual baptized person becomes aware that God, through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, is calling him or her to make a personal commitment to follow Jesus on a pilgrimage of faith in fulfillment of the will of the Father and his plan for mankind. “God has called [each individual man and woman] to cleave with all their being to him in sharing forever a life that is divine... The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called to communion with God,” Pope Paul VI called this the new work of Evangelization. Pope John Paul II tells us that this new evangelization requires a new generation of saints.

Pastoral work for the renewal of vocations to church ministry (priesthood, and consecrated life) must always come back to the need of fostering among everyone a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a personal commitment to living according to his truth.